I got some money as a gift for my birthday a few weeks ago and used it to buy some books that I’ve had on my wish list for a while. They arrived in the mail (which thankfully is still running) today. All three books are queer.
Castle, Terry. The Professor: A Sentimental Education. 2010. New York: HarperPerennial, 2011.
I read Castle’s book The Apparitional Lesbian during the first year of my M.A. (2004-5) and it taught me to see and do scholarship in new ways. It has continued to be an important text for me. I recently heard about The Professor, a collection of personal essays, and decided to buy it because of Castle’s previous influence on me.
Parker, Pat. The Complete Works of Pat Parker. Ed. Julie R. Enszer. Dover, FL: A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2016.
I’ve read some of Parker’s letters but not any of her poetry, and I know very little about her as a writer overall. I’m looking forward to reading more of her work. Queer person of color voices are especially necessary in times of societal upheaval like these.
Springgay, Stephanie, and Sarah E. Truman. Walking Methodologies in a More-than-Human World: WalkingLab. 2018. London: Routledge, 2019.
I’ve been interested in walking as a political act since I began reading about psychogeography about seven years ago. This book looks at walking through a queer, decolonial, affective lens, which is a much-needed approach. It will be an especially fascinating text to explore now while movement (though not walking in New York currently) is curtailed during the pandemic.
I turned 40 yesterday (a wonderful day despite its apocalyptic setting), and received a handful of books as gifts, which is nice considering the current importance of staying isolated. All except for Tarot for Self-Care (at least as far as I know) are by queer authors, and it was given to me by someone who is queer, so overall this post records a queer literary bonanza!
Castillo, Marcelo Hernandez. Cenzontle: Poems. Rochester, NY: BOA Editions, 2018.
Harrington, Lee. Sacred Kink: The Eightfold Paths of BDSM and Beyond. Anchorage, AK: Mystic Productions Press, 2009.
Hicks, Faylita. HoodWitch: Poems. Cincinnati: Acre Books, 2019.
Siegel, Minerva. Tarot for Self-Care: How to Use Tarot to Manifest Your Best Self. New York: Adams Media, 2019.
Taylor, Brandon. Real Life. New York: Riverhead Books, 2020.
Mandel, Emily St. John. Station Eleven. 2014. New York: Vintage Books, 2015.
I bought this book two days ago at my local Barnes & Noble because I recently read an interesting interview with Mandel in Poets & Writers and then saw a number of people on Twitter saying that Station Eleven describes a situation very similar to our current virus-laden one. I decided it would be worth reading as one way to help conceptualize the current moment, which is unlike anything I have experienced.
Wood, Elizabeth Anne. Bound: A Daughter, a Domme, and an End-of-Life Story. Berkeley, CA: She Writes Press, 2019.
I just received an exam copy of this book from the author. Its intersection of BDSM and disability intrigues me because of the role of these two subjects in my own work, so I am considering teaching it in one of my courses.
Beachy, Stephen. Gonzalo Vega and the Portal Down Below. Amish Terror Book 3. San Diego: Vapor Books, 2019.
Queer Mennonite writer extraordinaire Stephen Beachy’s third Amish science fiction novel came out in December, and I just finally got my copy yesterday. It was originally supposed to be the final book in the Amish Terror series, but according to the series page in this volume there will be at least two more volumes forthcoming, Hadi Hamed and the Quantum Egg and Emma Beyond the Singularity. I began reading Gonzalo Vega last night and am really enjoying it thus far.
Phillips, Adam. Monogamy. 1996. New York: Vintage Books, 1997.
I’ve been reading a lot about various relationship models lately and have seen Phillips’s book referenced several times, so I decided to check it out for myself. The fact that it is still in print nearly twenty-five years after it was first published is a good sign.
Yuknavitch, Lidia. Verge: Stories. New York: Riverhead Books, 2020.
I love Yuknavitch’s memoir The Chronology of Water and saw her speak at the AWP conference last year. I appreciated her unabashed queer energy, so when I heard she had a new book of stories I bought it right away.
Buller, Rachel Epp, and Kerry Fast, eds. Mothering Mennonite. Bradford, ON: Demeter Press, 2013.
I heard about this book when it came out, but only recently learned that it contains a number of essays by Mennonite literary figures. I bought it for this reason.
McKay, Claude. Romance in Marseille. New York: Penguin Books, 2020.
I received an exam copy of this newly-discovered novel yesterday. From the blurb: “Romance in Marseille traces the adventures of a rowdy troupe of dockworkers, prostitutes [sic], and political organizers–collectively straight and queer, disabled and able-bodied, African, European, Caribbean, and American.”
Stenson, Esther. Showing Up: Poems. Georgetown, KY: Finishing Line Press, 2020.
Stenson is a Mennonite writer whom I’ve interacted with at various conferences. I pre-ordered this book when it was announced last year and it came in the mail yesterday, a nice surprise.
Brolaski, Julian T. Gowanus Atropolis. Brooklyn: Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011.
Someone on one of the panels I attended at the recent MLA Convention mentioned this book and the title stuck in my head. Then about a week ago I was reading Heid E. Erdrich’s anthology New Poets of Native Nations, which includes some poems from Brolaski’s book. I enjoyed them, so decided to buy the collection.
Moraga, Cherríe L. Loving in the War Years: Lo Que Nunca Pasó por Sus Labios. 2nd ed. Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 2000.
This is a queer Latinx feminist classic that is sadly out of print. I have been looking for a reasonably-priced copy for some time and finally found one online.
Pico, Tommy. Nature Poem. Portland, OR: Tin House Books, 2017.
I have heard Pico’s name but did not encounter his work until reading Erdrich’s anthology. I loved the pieces I read and decided to order one of his books immediately.